All About Echinoderms
Ocean Conservancy Blog
by Megan Bennett
1w ago
Echinoderms constitute a unique group of animals that have me believing in the magic of our ocean. For a family of slow-moving creatures with no brains or bones, you’d expect echinoderms to really struggle for survival. But while there are several threats facing echinoderms, some species have been around for more than 500 million years. If you’ve never heard of echinoderms before, we’ve got you covered. While you’ve likely already heard of the group’s most famous members like sea stars, brittle stars, feather stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers, there is so much more to know. Let’s dive in. S ..read more
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All About Whitespotted Eagle Rays
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by Jennifer Perez
2w ago
Just like a snowflake falling from the sky, the whitespotted eagle ray is unique; no two are exactly the same. The whitespotted eagle ray is a beautiful sight to behold with its long pointy tail and its body spotted with white dots.  The whitespotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari) is a cartilaginous fish—and one of the ocean’s largest rays. The genus name Aetobatus comes from the Greek word aetos meaning “eagle” and batis meaning “ray.” See more wonderful ocean animals! Enter your email and never miss an update Sorry, but we failed to add you to the list ..read more
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Is The Yellow Boxfish the Cutest Fish in the World?
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by Jennifer Perez
1M ago
When it comes to selecting the cutest fish on the planet, there are many contenders. You might consider the usual suspects like clownfish, seahorses or rainbow parrotfish. However, you shouldn’t overlook this hidden gem: the yellow boxfish (Ostracion cubicum). With its adorable appearance that once served as inspiration for a car design (yes, really!), these fish offer more than meets the eye. Let’s delve into the world of the cute, agile and sometimes dangerous yellow boxfish. Love ocean content? Enter your email and never miss an update Sorry, but we failed to add you to the list ..read more
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What Americans Actually Think About Plastic Pollution
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by Jennifer Perez
1M ago
This blog was written by Hannah De Frond, Ocean Conservancy Consultant and International Trash Trap Network Coordinator. When speaking with friends and family about my work, I realize that many of the everyday topics I consistently think and talk about are issues that others don’t often consider. A recent example of this followed the publication of Ocean Conservancy and the University of Toronto’s research paper about microplastics in commonly consumed protein products. This research was shared by several news outlets, and although finding microplastics in these food items was not much of ..read more
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Five Species of Parrotfish All Ocean Lovers Should Know
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by Jennifer Perez
1M ago
Parrotfish are serious showstoppers—just like their land-dwelling namesakes, they come in a range of bright, bold colors. Their beauty is as equally notable as their importance to our ocean: Parrotfish are essential to the survival of coral habitats as they feed on algae that could otherwise suffocate the reefs. There are so many fascinating facts about parrotfish, including their trademark “beaks” that are formed with incredibly strong teeth and jaws to make it easier to chomp on coral all day. Dive into just a few of our favorite facts about these captivatingly colorful creatures. Love ..read more
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What is a Neon Flying Squid?
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by Jennifer Perez
1M ago
The natural wonders of our world tend to keep us on our toes. Just when we think we’ve seen it all, there’s something new and incredibly remarkable to discover. The ocean is no exception to this status quo. In fact, the ocean has shown us, time and time again, just how truly fascinating, delightfully unique and sometimes strange its inhabitants are. We are thankful to have the opportunity to explore and learn about these amazing ocean animals and bask in their splendor. Today’s spotlight is on an elusive creature that lives up to its name: the neon flying squid. Now, if you’re imagining squids ..read more
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How the Water Cycle Impacts the Weather and Our Ocean
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by Jennifer Perez
1M ago
“How’s the weather?” may have once been the most common conversation starter on the planet. Recently though, that simple question launches stories about one thing: Water. Friends, family and coworkers bring out their phones to show me pictures of wild downpours and terrifying floods, waves overtopping lighthouses, people stranded on the tops of their cars and houses floating away on the tides. These are not distant stories but personal experiences. Water seems to be on everyone’s mind. Let’s take a closer look at the water cycle and how it impacts the weather and our ocean.  Never miss an ..read more
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100+ New Species Discovered in the Deep Sea
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by Erin Spencer
1M ago
If you need proof that there is still plenty to discover in our ocean, look no further than the recent deep-sea expedition in South America. In January 2024, a group of scientists boarded Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor (too) to explore underwater mountain ranges off of Chile’s coast. The team, led by Dr. Javier Sellanes of the Universidad Católica del Norte, wanted to understand the biodiversity of these little-explored seamounts. They used cutting-edge technology like remotely-operated vehicles, multibeam sonar and other sensors to get a comprehensive look at life on a seamo ..read more
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What We Know About the Bigfin Squid
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by Jennifer Perez
1M ago
We know that the deep sea is full of some weird, wild and wonderful creatures. The deep sea’s crushing pressure, freezing cold temperatures and pitch-black darkness isn’t for everyone, but some animals manage to survive and thrive there. Typically, these animals look quite different than their shallower-water counterparts.  For example, look no further than the elusive bigfin squid. There are very few known encounters with these elusive squid—only about 20 recorded sightings in as many years—so there is much we still don’t understand about these strange and haunting animals ..read more
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One of the World’s Rarest Whales
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by Jennifer Perez
2M ago
Each year we discover new species on land and at sea. In 2023, more than 5,000 new deep-sea species were discovered in a large area between Hawaii and Mexico in the Pacific. Defying all biological norms, recently discovered Antarctic strawberry-feather star species can have more than 20 arms. Jumping size brackets, in 2019 a new species called Sato’s beaked whales was identified in the North Pacific, and in 2021, the 40-foot-long Rice’s whale was formally recognized in the Gulf of Mexico. The list will keep growing.  See more wonderful ocean animals! Enter yo ..read more
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